Airtel Malawi and Blantyre Press Club(BPC) today donated 80 desks to Nyodola Primary School in the area of Traditional Authority(T/A) Khwethemule in Thyolo District.
President for BPC ,Blessings Kanache said having noted a shortage of desks when they attended a meeting held at the school last year, the press club approached Airtel Malawi who pledged to do something about the situation.
He further said BPC did not hesitate to approach the mobile network service provider due to its openness in supporting education in the country.
He said: ” We had a lengthy discussion with Airtel since July last year whose result is what we have come to hand over.
“As journalists, we are supposed to amplify voices of the underprivileged and that is the core business of Blantyre Press Club. ”
Airtel Malawi corporate social responsibility (CSR) manager Norah Chavula-Chirwa reacted to calls for more support by headteacher of the school echoed by both T/A Khwethemule and member of Parliament (MP) for the area Mary Thom Navitcha, by saying her company monitors how the initial assistance is being taken care of as a prerequisite for more support besides availability of budgetary allocation.
“I can only urge you to take care of the 80 desks given, that is a basis for continued support.
“Further support also depends on availability of funds in our CSR budget,” she said.
T/A Khwethemule thanked Airtel and BPC for the donation saying it is in line with the initiative MP of the area together with traditional leaders are championing through Mary Navitcha education fund.
“We chase all school going kids from their homes ensuring they are all attending school,” he said.
The 80 desks handed over are worth K5 million and make a total of 122 desks available at the school against 1500 learners.
Pic 1:BPC members, school representatives & Norah Chavula-Chirwa sitting on the new desks